How to Make Bricks Made of Manure

Horse or other farm animal manure can be made into bricks for use as fuel.
Horse or other farm animal manure can be made into bricks for use as fuel. (Image: Images)

Dried manure is routinely used in many countries for burning as fuel and surprisingly, it’s not at all stinky when burning. To increase the burning time of manure, fresh manure can be made into bricks, then dried for use as burning bricks. Farmers or owners of horses, cattle, goats or sheep, turn their animals' refuse into fuel. The resulting ashes can also be turned into the garden for a rich fertilizer.

Things You'll Need

  • Wheelbarrow
  • Spade
  • Gloves
  • Brick molds
  • Gumboots

Pick up fresh manure in a wheelbarrow using a spade, or by gloved hand.

Fill brick molds with fresh manure. Put on a pair of gumboots and press the manure into the molds with your feet, until the manure is compacted and evenly distributed into the mold.

Lay the molds to dry in a well-ventilated area for two days, or until dehydrated enough to remove from the molds.

Remove the bricks from the molds, then stack them in a staggered or criss-cross pattern so that air can circulate between the bricks. Leave to dry like this for a further three weeks -- four weeks if the weather is humid or rainy.

Stack in a dry place for storing until needed for use as fuel. Each brick will burn for about an hour.

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